Ryan Leahy Ready For Next Career Step

Junior offensive lineman Ryan Leahy knows being a Hometown Bearcat is an honor. This season he's looking forward to adding full time starter next to his name as well. Bearcat Insider spoke with Leahy after a recent practice.

As one of several “Hometown” Bearcats, junior offensive lineman Ryan Leahy has more than his share of reasons for giving Cincinnati fans everything he's got.

With a father who is a graduate of Cincinnati, Leahy enters his junior season set to be a starter in one of college football's high powered offenses.

Bearcat Insider spoke with Leahy about his upcoming season and more following a recent practice.

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PRIOR TO UC

Leahy attended La Salle High School where he was a multi-sport athlete for the Lancers. Was a Scout three-star prospect and ranked as a defensive end. Earned Division One, Second-Team All-Southwest Ohio honors and was a Greater Catholic League first-team selection his senior season, Played forward on the Lancers 2011 Division One state championship basketball team. Picked UC over Boston College, North Carolina State and West Virginia, among others.

SINCE ARRIVING AT UC

After being reshirted in 2012 and being moved to offensive line, Leahy has worked on getting bigger physically going from the 250-pound range to his current 292-pounds. Started getting reps in 2013 as a back-up at left guard. Entered the 2014 season second on the Bearcats depth-chart at left guard behind Tyreek Burwell with Kevin Schloemer getting starts in five of the first six games. Leahy earned three starts at left guard against USF, Tulane and East Carolina before giving way to Burwell. Expected to be a starter when the season opens against Alabama A&M and has been receiving solid reviews from Bearcats offensive line coach Darren Hiller during preseason camp.


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